Atlético Madrid sign Benfica teenager João Felix for fee of €126m

Atlético Madrid sign Benfica teenager João Felix for fee of €126m

At just 19 years of age Felix had been one of the most coveted players in Europe, yet Atletico were able to fight off Manchester City to lure the Portuguese starlet to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, where he has signed a seven-year contract.

The second striker will be the face of Atletico’s project as they move past the Antoine Griezmann era, while his 127.2 million euro price tag – which accounts for Felix’s 120m euro release clause, six million euros paid as interest for paying in instalments, and 1.2m euros for Porto, where he first started out as a youth player – means that he not only becomes Los Rojiblancos’ record signing but the fourth most expensive purchase of all time, only behind Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Philippe Coutinho.

The fact that Felix will play an important role from day one as he fills Griezmann’s boots is something that excited the player, particularly compared to the sort of role he likely would have had at City.For Atletico, they have signed their own Galactico and a player with tremendous upside, despite only having played one full season in the Benfica first team. In that time, those inside the club saw enough to be convinced of his fit at the Wanda and his ability to make an immediate impact for Diego Simeone’s side.

Last season, Felix scored 15 goals and provided seven assists in 26 games in the Liga NOS, while he also scored three goals in five starts in the Europa League.